In Search Of The Last Communist Country in Europe

Bus Station, Chisinau, Moldova

Or How We Traveled Back to The 80's

The third day of our Eastern European Road trip we planned to visit Transnistria. Never heard of it?! Most of the Europeans feel exactly the same about the separatist republic founded in the 1992 right after USSR collapsed. 

Alex & Mitko purchased the tickets for the marshrutka that we hope to bring 3 of us seamlessly to Tiraspol, right in the  heart of Transnistria. Woo...where still the communist evil rules...

Alex, Tiraspol, Transnistria

First thing to do on arrival is to get local money...Now we are rich! Right after I (georgi) shot this picture a local old lady wanted to volunteer to redo the very same image and instead of shooting Alex to use her as a main object. Of course the transnistrians rubles should be replaced by very green american dollars. It comes without saying that she should keep them foreeeever!!!! Long story short...this day wasn't babushka's (old lady in russian) happiest day in life.  

The first impression of Tiraspol, Transnistria

cold, windy, depression...behind us is  the Tiraspol's main train stations....with NO trains, NO wagons, NO electricity wires. Hey hey....we always look at the bright side of the things...Look the train stations is freshly painted. That is something.... 

Sharo expecting foreign guests, Tiraspol, Transnistria

Tiraspol Apartment Block, Transnistria

Tiraspol Apartment Block, Transnistria

Tiraspol Architecture, Transnistria

Tiraspol's Architecture Week has been open with the main theme "communism from the 70's and 80's today"...oh, wait....even now it looks totally the same...everywhere

Mitko, Tiraspol, Transnistria

Very strange, wherever we go during the Eastern European Road Trip we hit on that guy. We stop at a gas station in Romania, he is there. We take a walk in a wine yard somewhere in the country side before the Romanian - Moldavian border...again he is there. We go to a Milestii Mici winery near Chisinau....and what to see...We start to think he is following us.
Look, now he is pretending to be a ordinary soldier...but instantly we recognise him. The true transnistrian soldier have bottle of vodka in his pocket.

Street fountain, Tiraspol, Transnistria

City House of Culture, Tiraspol, Transnistria

hard to see people on the streets

Sovjet Tank from WWII, Tiraspol, Transnistria

Watchdogs, Tiraspol, Transnistria

Total respect for the bratushki all around the city. 

We have tried to make pictures of the newly built Lenin's statue in front of the national parliament. Just before we finished making fun of the pink marble a guy from the secret service appeared. We were kindly asked to delete those pics. Sorry guys, you should imagine the majestic 10m figure of Lenin looking towards the Street #25.

The national flag of Transnistria

Mitko posing with the national flag of Transnistria

The national hero of Transnistria...

Old Street Phone, Tiraspol, Transnistria

Modern Street Phone, Tiraspol, Transnistria

contrast: old vs. new

Mitko, Georgi & Alex in Tiraspol, Transnistria

Here is a map of our journey around Eastern Europe

Eastern European Road Map

During the road trip around Eastern Europe we have decided to make a video...as a key message for the wedding of our beloved friends Sid & Sandy. Many people helped us for this movie. 
Thank you guys! It was fun making it....

Tiraspol Main Train Station, Transnistria

bye bye Transnistria, bye bye 1982...it's time to return to the future